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Hopefully the amount he would have charged for the addition would have been less than the amount he would have paid for tuition.  If they were equal dollar value (unlikely) he may have lost if tuition is tax deductible.



-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Wilson [mailto:wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 5:12 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Savvy Billing Practices


I know an engineer who designed a small addition to a private school and in turn was not charged tuition for the year for his child.


Jim Wilson, PE

Stroudsburg, PA

"Mark E. Deardorff" <mdeardorff(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I knew an architect that used to trade services for a piece of the pie. But typically he only contributed his profit and overhead. He needed to maintain a cash flow to cover labor costs.


Mark E. Deardorff, Structural Engineer
Burkett & Wong
San Diego, CA

From: Jeremy White [mailto:jwhite(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 1:29 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Savvy Billing Practices


It seems to me most structural consulting firms bill their engineers out at approximately the same rates (NYC firms may be higher than average?).  A firm with a well known brand name may be able to bill higher, but they still can’t bill too far beyond the curve or architects will go to a lower priced firm.  I believe that an hourly or lump sum billing can’t be the only way to get paid for a job.  Does anyone know of any firms, engineers or architects, who have been creative in how the get “paid” for a job, such as, doing work for free but gaining partial ownership of the building in return for their consulting? 



Jeremy White